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Website names Graeagle one of top 16 small towns to visit

The website TripAdvisor has named Graeagle as one of 16 great towns to visit in the United States.

“Each of these small towns makes for a great 2018 trip no matter when you go, with unique attractions, natural beauty, loads of character, great dining scenes, and plenty of local happenings,” reads a post on the site. “From Arkansas to Oregon, here’s our list of remarkable American towns for 2018 vacations”:

Rogers, Arkansas

Boone, North Carolina

Beaverton, Oregon

Weston, Florida

Sebastopol, California

Westport, Connecticut

Southport, North Carolina

Telluride, Colorado

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Salida, Colorado

Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Madrid, New Mexico

Folly Beach, South Carolina

Graeagle, California

Abingdon, Virginia

Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona

The reference to Graeagle reads: “Way up in the High Sierras is Graeagle, known for its nature trails and superb golf courses. Expect lots of activity over the Independence Day celebrations, with fireworks, a parade, and a fun run.

“Portola Railroad Days is a three-day community festival in August celebrating local railroad history, including a classic car show, re-enactments, food, music, and more.

“A half hour’s drive away is Lake Davis, famous for its excellent trout fishing. In winter there’s sled-dog racing and an ice fishing derby here, with another fishing derby held in the summer.”

The photo associated with the write-up is of a golf course.

Leah West, whose family established the community and who operates a real estate business in town, said the announcement came as a surprise to her and her family, but they were pleased with the announcement.

Likewise the mention by TripAdvisor surprised Audrey Ellis, executive director of the Lost Sierra Chamber of Commerce. Ellis said that her office regularly fields calls from travel writers who want to visit and then write about the area, but she wasn’t aware of this effort.

6 thoughts on “Website names Graeagle one of top 16 small towns to visit

  • Luckily for TripAdvisor that they came to Graeagle when the residents weren’t burning their pine needles etc. Graeagle fills up with smoke because of these burn piles. Everyone gets inundated with smoke. The lots are 1/3 acre…

    The ones in charge do nothing about it… even when they know PPM2.5 is deadly…

    • You live in a fire adapted ecosystem. Door yard burning and prescribed fire will always be a necessity in the Sierras in order for people to maintain some sort of defensible space. You can have a little smoke in the fall, winter, and spring or a lot of smoke in the summer. If it is such an inconvenience, perhaps you should move to a city or the valley where prescribed burning and wildfire are mostly non-issues.

  • A few facts: Outdoor residential burning can and does produce large volumes of concentrated PPM2.5 smoke that is extremely toxic to life. Graeagle is *residential* with 1/3 acre lots. Residential burning is 100% preventable. Less smoke produces a higher quality of life. Residents can easily transport their pine needles/cones/other woody burnables to the Portola dump where it is burned out of the way of people and thus safer, healthier, and better for the environment.

    Note that my previous comment only mentions residential burning.

    The idea is to have a clean and healthy environment. I offered solutions in opposition to residential burning. Solutions are better than telling someone to move.

  • Perhaps the move comment was a bit harsh. I do fully understand the health risks of Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5) and smaller. Taking yard waste to the dump in Portola is sometimes a viable option. However by utilizing the dump to burn it, aren’t we just moving a problem from one community to another? The air quality in Portola is some of the worst in the state for PM2.5. Also residential burning is not 100% preventable. Some folks don’t have the means to transport yard waste (i.e. no vehicle to transport, cannot afford the dump fee-if there is one, etc.). I just do not believe that a residential burn ban in Graeagle will solve the problem. It just moves and defers a problem.

  • The dump in Portola is situated on the outskirts of town on a hill top. I was told that the smoke travels away from Portola and it seems reasonable given the location that this is true. And yes it would be very improper to move a problem to another community although the dump is burned no matter what.

    The dump is affordable – $2.36/cy. No matter where you live, there are inherent expenses, e.g. yard mowing and trimmings removable. It is part of living in any area. If one cannot do it – they hire someone. Then there is the good neighbor policy (law and unwritten) that your neighbor can’t ruin your health (pot odor is another example). Remember these are 1/3 acres, > 1/3 or 1/2 acre = OK.

    And yes PM2.5 – don’t know why I wrote PPM.

  • When did the Portola dump get burning rights? It was mandated by the State to Move to Cut & Cover in the ’70’s. When was burning allowed when air inversion was present? Back in my day Mohawk RS posted when you could and couldn’t burn. What changed?
    I for one am glad to see Graeagle getting the notice it deserves. There were so many of us that worked hand in hand with Harvey to make Graeagle what it has become. I was raised in this community and I raised my children there and I consider myself to always be a native.

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